Delwende (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

Delwende (2005)





Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

Director/screenwriter S. Pierre Yameogo draws on the true story of one woman to craft this tale of a desperate mother and daughter at risk of succumbing to a sexist tradition based on localized superstition. A young village boy has died of meningitis, and Napoko Diarrha has been accused of eating his soul. Napoko's husband feels dishonored by the fact that his wife resisted the prospect of marrying off the couple's daughter, and he has struck back at her by spreading a vicious rumor that will almost certainly result in her death. Her fate in the hands of the village elders, Napoko flees to the nearby town of Ouagadougou before her trial can take place. But as Napoko's life force fades, her daughter grows stronger with each passing day. Later, the young girl sets out to Ouagadougou in search of her missing mother, and the pair attempts a daring escape from their male-dominated society. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
New Yorker Films


Célestin Zongo
as Pougbila
Claire Ilboudo
as Diarrha
Daniel Kabore
as Bancé
Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for Delwende

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

This West African drama looks at a single village in the throes of change -- change that reveals people's cruelty, their fixation on being right, and the clash between modernity and traditional beliefs.

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

In Delwende the African filmmaker S. Pierre Yameogo tackles social injustice in present-day Burkina Faso with grace, economy and exquisitely controlled anger.

October 8, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Yameogo is able to convey his pointed social message with a subtle yet steady rhythm derived from the physicality of his mainly nonprofessional actors.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Delwende

There are no audience reviews yet. Hurry, submit your review so you can be first!

Delwende Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Delwende on our Movie forum!

News & Features